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25 years later, the memories linger.

25 years ago today - arguably the first mass casualty event in the Long War was the suicide bombing that killed and wounded the Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers at the Marine Barracks in Beirut.

Smoke and dust rise from the bombed Marine Barracks at the Beirut International Airport, October 23, 1983.  The mushroom cloud probably still makes Ahmadinejad all funny in his pants and fires his dreams. 
VA Employee Haunted By Aftermath Of Beirut Barracks Bombing. The Denver Post (10/20, Pankratz) profiled Bonnie Tierney, who served as the mass casualty officer in charge of identifying US servicemembers killed on Oct. 23, 1983, at the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Today, Tierney, who works as the facilities-management administration officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Denver, "has post-traumatic stress disorder and takes anti-psychotic medication to battle suicidal urges." Tierney says she held her feelings in "for 20 years," and "I found myself going towards Pikes Peak with my little Honda where I was going to commit suicide. I don't mind people knowing that, and I don't mind people knowing that I'm on medication." The Post added, "On Thursday, there will be an elaborate ceremony at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., honoring the men killed in the Beirut barracks. Tierney has been invited," but "she said she probably won't go. It would be too hard for her."
Beirut.

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I would be remiss to forget to mention that 58 French soldiers died that day, too.


Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam.
 
Photo by Ron Williams.

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15 Comments

God bless them.  Some of the first casualties in the long war. 
 
"No greater love...."  They were heroes all and will always be remembered by their brothers. Semper Fi and God bless. Go easy bro's. 
-Mongo
 
Great post.  You never disappoint.
 
 A toast to "Absent Companions."
 

Damn...

   I remember that day. I was on active duty in the ASWOC when all the phones and teletypes went off.  Lots of latent hostility that day from guys too far back to do anything except pray and donate blood. 

    Respects,
 
Excellent.......and thanks for linking to the French connection.  Honestly, I had forgotten about them.

I could have done without it having been turned political though.......but that's just me, I guess.
 

Thanks for the reminder. I knew USMC CPL Alex Munoz. He graduated Bloomfield, NM high school two years ahead of me. God bless them all.

 
Good men. Good men all.
 
I've said a prayer once or twice at the memorial just off the Camp Johnson gate.  I try to stop by and pay respects every time I go out to see JC.

Remembering my son's brothers of another mother......  Rest easy,  you are not forgotten.
 
I'm too ignorant to get trackbacks to work, but I am linking you.

For my murdered brothers.  My war began on that day.

Semper Fi.
 
Went to college with Dave Nairn - a good man, as were all of them.
 
Thank you for remembering today -- the 25th Anniversary of the Beirut Bombing. I couldn't go to the rememberance ceremony today but I wrote a poem for my comrades! To My Comrades You are not alone today You stand tall and with your family by your side Memories of your past will live on forever In the hearts and souls of so many Your names are each etched on the wall And through time many have come to understand The how, who, what where and when The senselessness of the attack on the barracks that took each of you from us Today though, I remember with a Heart of Love I remember not the darkness but the love That each of your families and loved ones send my way For on this day I have surrendered My pain, my tears and all that I remember I will learn to walk in the light With you by side giving me strength To know that today I too have given my all Light a candle for me my friends Hold me by your side In your hearts and souls I will now forever reside With a Heart of Love Written for the 241 soldiers Who are no longer just names on a wall Bonnie Tierney October 23, 2008 Author and Veteran Locked In Time - I Still Remember and Always Will
 
Not forgotten.  Thank you. 
 
You're welcome, Bonnie.  I hoped that if we didn't help, we at least didn't hurt.
 
THANK YOU FOR REMEMBERING 25 YEARS AGO. I DIDN'T SEE AN ARTICLE IN ANY NEWSPAPER ABOUT OUR FIRST 9/11.

I AM A CONSERVATIVE WHO VOTED FOR REAGAN. BUT I WILL NEVER FORGIVE HIM, WEINBERGER, AND ALL THE "INTELLIGENCE" PEOPLE, BECAUSE THE US CUT AND RAN. WE SHOULD HAVE NUKED SYRIA AND IRAN ON 11/24/83. BUT THE BA'ATHIST REGIME OF SYRIA IS WELCOMED BY BUSH AND RICE.

GOD SAVE US.